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Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Disinfecting Tips in Recognition of International Infection Prevention Week

With International Infection Prevention

Week (IIPW) recognized around the globe this week, ITW Dymon recently released the ‘3 P’s of Disinfecting’ to help cleaning professionals who represent the “front- line” in preventing the spread of viruses and contagious diseases. “Professional

cleaners should be

proud of the role they play in preventing the spread of diseases in office build- ings, hospitals, schools and other pub- lic spaces,” said ITW Dymon Director of Sales & Marketing Rich Bucher. “By keeping the ‘3 P’s of Disinfecting’ in mind, cleaners can further ensure they maintain the most effective first-line of defense in preventing the outbreak of disease.” The ‘3 P’s of Disinfecting’ include: Product –It’s important to only use dis- infectants registered by the Environmental

Protection Agency (EPA), which ensures they have been scientifically tested and proven to per- form for their intended use. Look

for an

EPA registra- tion number on the product la- bel or visit the EPA database Procedure – It’s essential to follow the proper procedure when applying a prod- uct. Every disinfectant lists a “contact time” or a “dwell time” on the label that could be from 30 seconds to 10 minutes. Surfaces being disinfected must be left

Rich Bucher

wet with the product for the entire dura- tion of this time. If not, the disinfectant

may fail to kill all the germs and the disin- fectant must be reapplied. Place – For the cleaning product and procedure to be effective, it’s critical to clean the proper places. Disinfect high- traffic areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, break rooms, office areas, classrooms, locker rooms and cafeterias often. Other surfaces prone to contact include desks, tables, chairs, benches, lockers, toys, door knobs, light switches, sinks, toilets, showers and refrigerator exteriors, to name a few. Along with following the “3P’s,” Bu-


cher says cleaning professionals should ensure they have a clear understanding of the differences between cleaning, sanitiz- ing and disinfecting. “Cleaning merely removes visible soil,

dirt, stains and other debris from surfaces and is generally performed by wiping sur- faces down using a multi-purpose cleaner or soap and water,” he said. “Sanitizing is the process of reducing the number of disease-causing germs on cleaned sur- faces to a safe level, while disinfection is a chemical process that actually destroys viruses, bacteria, germs and other harmful microorganisms.” International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) provides a focal point for infection preventionists, healthcare professionals, consumers, organizations, and industry partners to shine a light on infection pre- vention and its power to save lives. President

Ronald Reagan first pro-

claimed the third week of October as National Infection Control Week in 1986 and it has since grown into international event – commemorating the importance of infection prevention in many countries. This week of recognition has expanded to every corner of the globe, including Aus- tralia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. For more information, visit ITW Dymon is a leading manufacturer

of diverse lines of industrial maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) specialty chemicals and marking products includ- ing SCRUBS® Brand wipes, DYKEM® Brand industrial marking products, Dy- mon® Brand professional cleaning prod- ucts, and Spray Nine® cleaner and disin- fectant. n

Your Vote Counts

During ISSA/INTERCLEAN, you have

two opportunities to make your voice heard and shape the industry. How? By casting your vote in the show’s two award programs.

Best Customer Service As you browse the exhibit hall floor, take note of who provided the best customer service. Then choose your favorites using the show mobile app on your smartphone or other Internet-enabled device. Winners will be announced during the ISSA Fea- tured Session by Janelle Brittain, “The Vision Behind a Customer-Focused Cul- ture,” Friday, October 19, at 10:15 a.m., in the ISSA Education Theater, Booth 3669. ISSA Innovation Award Stop by the ISSA Innovation Showcase, Booth 2845, to explore dozens of state-of- the-art cleaning innovations. While you are there, use the kiosks to cast your vote for which products in the five categories will be ISSA Innovation Award winners. Or go to to make your se- lections.

Then, find out who won during the

Show Floor Happy Hour Thursday, October 18, 4:30 ISSA Education Theater, Booth 3669.

Make your votes count!

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